Social Media For Higher Ed

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Mind Map Social Media for Higher Ed

Social Media is a catch-all phrase that includes anything which allows for a person to interact with others (and information) through the use of the internet. Social Media exposes us to new information, knowledge, and culture in ways that were not possible without it. Social Media over the last 10 years has been sneaking into every aspect of our lives due to smartphone usages.

Business Insider lists the top apps for this year Facebook Messenger is rapidly becoming the most used messaging app, it allows people to connect whether it’s through Facebook of SMS (text messaging through your cell phone) It has over 700 million users worldwide.

Along with messenger apps, that allow you to talk to your friends and family, there are also live streaming apps like Facebook Live and periscope. Apps like Facebook live allow people to stream news and important events from anywhere, it has been used in several high-profile cases in the last year.

But there are also “idea” sharing sites like Pinterest and Instagram. Instant new apps like Twitter allows you to follow what is happening now in your area of interest. It allows people to have a voice.

Social Media, if we like it or not, is where people get their news, knowledge and non-formal education. For instance, my 10-year-old niece wanted to learn how to draw a character from Pokémon and she went and found a YouTube video that helped her.  Because there are many people on YouTube generating videos, she was able to select the style of video that would help her the most.

Using social media in a classroom can help students, think critical, develop analytical skills, and develop their research style. Before thinking about using Social Media in the classroom you should consider the following.

  • FERPA – Protects students private records like grades. This means that student grades, or feedback, should be published online. Grades should be handled through protected means like the LMS or college email. Also, consider students privacy, by allowing students to register anonymously or with a pseudonym when registering on a particular site. You might want to review netiquette requirements and talk about professionalism.
  • If students do not wish to have an online footprint then allow for alternative submission.
  • Check your own online footprint and see if you want to create separate accounts for personal and educational.
  • Check the reason why you want to use social media
  • Make sure you understand how to use the tool, including privacy settings and terms of use.

Here are some great websites about the use of Social Media in the college classroom.

Social Media Library , Educause

Social Learning In Instructional Design: Practical Tips To Design Effective Collaborative eLearning Activities, eLearning Industry

Is Your Use of Social Media FERPA Compliant? (From 2014) Educause review

How I Teach Social Media in My University Classroom, Hootsuite blog, Karen Freberg

Social Media: You’re Probably Doing it Wrong Inside Higher Ed

Importance of Social Media in Higher Education, Ed Tech Review

A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom, edutopia

25 Awesome Social Media Tools for Education, Inform Ed

99 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom [Updated], Online College

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom,

30 Innovative Ways to Use Twitter In the Classroom, edudemic

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the College Classroom, Center for Online education

Using Pinterest in the College Classroom, Pinterest

Effective Use of Instagram in the Classroom Infographic, e-Learning

5 Ways to Use Snapchat as A Teaching and Learning Tool in Higher Education @aiaddysonzhang, I social fanz

Snapchat as a tool (NPR)

Bullet Journal Update

I have been using the Bullet Journal System for the last 2 years. I have used different notebooks, I started in a Filofax but quickly moved away from that system because I couldn’t find a thin printable high-quality paper that I could use in my Laser printer. After using the  Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook A5 Hardcover Dotted that you can purchase from places like Goulet Pens. I recommend them because they have great customer service and the turn around is great.not to mention they have a great pen selection for fountain pen lovers.

I currently use a notebook by Nanami Paper called the crossfield, it is 480page,  5mm, A5 sized, tome river paper, dot grid notebook. The paper has a beautiful feeling to the touch. It loves fountain pen ink (although it dries slower than other paper, but they give you a blotting page), and watercolor.

I roughly use the Ryder Carrol system and you can find out more at his website Bullet Journal. What I love about the system is that it is very flexible and allows you to take control over your own time. I use other products to combine it with my notebook to help me keep on track. The inserts I get from DIYFish on Esty, she has great inserts for Filofax or midori style notebooks. I use Hyperdex Stamp Set and I use 2017 / A5 1-year Calendar / fold into A5 – Inserts Refills Filofax Binder Collins.

I use my Bullet Journal in a different way, because not only do I use it for planning, track tracking, I use it for everything. It’s the one book that comes with me everywhere.

For work:

  • Note taking at meetings – in conjunction with OneNote (I will do a separate Blog post about this.
  • Note taking – for articles, books, or blog posts
  • Brian dump for ideas, understanding.
  • Mindmapping. great for designing courses and helping faculty
  • Everyday tasks and reminders. I use this in conjunction with Outlook.

Here are images from my October 2016 set up.

octorber 2016

two pages from a bullet journal spread


I try to make each month my own. I like to add the Moon Phases for my spiritual work, add paydays, holidays, time off, or anything that is important to me.  The point of this is to make it work for you. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just something that you will use.

I do like to use watercolors in my journal. I currently use Prima

page from Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal week on two pages with Hyperdex stamp

Watercolors, They come in pan form and easy to store in a bag. It’s a great way to add emphases to your entries or to de-stress.


To the right is how I use DIY stamps for my daily time tracking and tasks. I have one week on two pages I really like this because I can quickly see what I need to do, and, well, what hasn’t.


been done. I use the time tracker because I want to see my sleeping habits and time spent on projects. I do color code by using a

Week on Two Pages with Hyperdex from August 2016

Week on Two Pages with Hyperdex from August 2016

pentel mechanical pencil that has an assortment of 8 colors.







Color Code

Color Code Key for the Hyperdex

I really love the system and encourage everyone who loves pen and paper to give it a try. I love technology as well and do use tech tools as much as I can. I think of my Bullet Journal as my collection of ideas, that I can then enter into the digital world. Below you will find my YouTube Video which walks through my just completed Bullet Journal.



Transitioning Faculty…

..from face-to-face to fully online

Welcome! I encourage you to look around my blog if you have any question please ask or send a question via twitter using #CeitIDLinks,


Join the conversation at #CeitIDLinks on Twitter.  This is an embed tool created by Twubs. Twubs allows users to follow a Hashtag and background conversations.


Working copy of Course Development Checklist the Instructional Design team at Bristol uses to provide feedback to faculty.

Syllabus template used at Bristol Community College

Don’t forget to check out Sandra Campos’s post on Transitioning to fully online.

Who is afraid of Digital Quizzes

This link will take you to a nice post about digital quizzes

ED tech tools


Voicethread from your Smartphone

I used a Samsung Galaxy S7 with a screencasting app to film this.


See if it’s compatiable with your android device at  AZ Screen Recorder

I highly recommend it for those who need to create demonstrations on their mobile devices.


I have been using Snagit since the late 90s. The once small but powerful tool has finally grown up to become a must have tool. It’s not just an image capture software, but it really is a great tool to do a short how to video.

This is just a quick capture that I created with Snagit 13! As you can see you can now use webcam video in the capture.

How much does it cost

How much does it cost





Snagit Info Video

MCO (Massachusetts Colleges online) June 2 Conference

Yesterday was the MCO 11th Annual Conference on eLearning. It was an all day event which featured many presentations and interestingly enough the lunch was very healthy. I would have loved to went to all of them but I could only go to three.


SCHED What I did like about the conference is that I could look at the schedule and sign up for the courses through an app called SCHED it allows the organizers to set a robust sign up for the attendees and for themselves to get imporant information (like what presentaions wer attended, etc…)





  1. scrren captuer of OneNote

    Screenshot of One Note with photo and notes.

    Stratigic Planning of Online Learing – The leadership team of MCO presented on how to create a stratigic plan. There was excellent information in the presentation about how to create teams while working on a stratigic plan. I would have like to be able to review the slides after, but they were not up on the SCHED site. I did take photo notes in OneNote

  2. Open, Online & Engaging: OER for the Digital Classroom  Google Docs: Handouts — This by far was my favorite presentation of the day. It was several groups which came together and talked about their approach to OER. I really enjoyed the detailed handout which links to many resources that can be used to help create engaging OER courses. I also took note in OneNote.
  3. Vendors: There were 12 Vendors at MCO. I did get a chance to speak to all of them.
    1. Atomic Learning : It’s not the Atomic Learning of 2007. This is a robust fully (ADA compliant) adaptable bit sized learning nuggets that can be addapted for accessary learning. The vendor representative walked me through the features of Atomic Learning and the videos, unlike the videos it had many moons ago, they look fresh and up to day. I would definately like to learn more.
    2. Kaltura : A roubst video storage solution. It’s most likely the best hosting service out there, but it is pricey and might be out of reach for many Community Colleges.
    3. Visual Classroom: I really love the easy of use of this LTI based product. I love the drag and drop and the ability to tag discussion. My two questions would be, (a) what is the learning curve for digital learners who don’t have much experience with tech, (b) some of the features that it does have are appealing, but who will use it.
    4. Ensemble Video: This video solution platform  It allows for faculty, students, adminstration, and others to video lecture, workshops, or informational videos on the go and works acorss multi-platforms. It is also cloud based that can be self-hosted or be hybrid of cloud and self-hosted.
    5. Ricoh: Was there were a smartboard solution and portable projector that were amazing.
    6. Desire2Learn:  D2L is a very powerful LMS, I worked with in the past but really would like to get my hands in a course space to see what it can do.
    7. Blackboard: Do I need to say more. They gave me some good information on Bades and and on the Goals/objectives that can be used in courses.
    8. Gather Education: Is a learning platform that works on 3G in order to reach the most students. It records lectures but instead of creating videos it creates animation which in turns reduces the amount of badwith it needs so it can reach more people on cell networks around the world. I personally am not crazy about Animation in Higher Education, I most likely wouldn’t be interested init until they can do streaming video.
    9. Hobson/Starfish: I do think that this more for admistators than for course intergration. Although it has a nice intergration for student retention. It’s good information to have, but it’s not for the average Instructional Designer.
    10. Smart Sparrow: Another authoring tool.
    11. Revel/Pearson Product: Not sure what this really is — it’s more interagration for Blackboard.
    12. Troxell: Supplier of educational audio video supplies. BCC purchased the Swivl from them.
  4. Tools and Tech to enhance eLearning:  There was a mix up in the room numbers. It was changed at the last moment and those of us who were in one room had to physically move to another. The workshop was really featured the writing tool already in an operating system natively, She used stylus and the wacom pad to show how faculty could grade withing Blackboard. Although it was an interesting presentation I am not sure if it was organzed to get the most for the time.

Over all it was a nice conference. I would recommend it for next year. It also gave me a chance to hang out with friends like Lance Eaton over at By Any Other Nerd.


I wrote this as an assignment for my short stint at Capella (which is another blog post.) It’s located on It’s my only paper that I put up on the site. It’s about Badging in Instructional Design.

Breaking it down: Multimedia Learning!

film image music notes and projector screen

I receive many of questions about instructional design. When faculty come to my office they want to know two things: What instructional design is. Then, what I, as an Instructional Designer, can do for them. (sounds a little like andragogy) Some think that instructional designers just make videos and use technology. Hopefully,  this post will help define instructional design and look at one of many different concepts that an Instructional Designer will apply to their work.

Let’s start with a definition of Instructional Design. I am taking the definition from a Facebook discussion where three Instructional Designers re-constructed the definition (Post: Definition of Instructional Design). Instructional Design is a learner-centric systematic approach to instruction which creates effective, measurable, and replicable learning experiences.

But what does that all mean to faculty? Most likely not a thing, because it can bring up a lot of feelings of resentment and confusion with faculty who are hired to teach. The assumption is that if they went through their subject matter expert field of study, that they would just know how to create instruction. faculty don’t know and aren’t required to understand the educational science in what they do. For example, they don’t need to know that there is a whole field of study on Multimedia Learning.  Richard Mayer, ie, the Daddy of Multimedia Learning suggests that Learners can only process a small amount of content at a time and the visual and audio representation of knowledge must be organized in a meaningful way (Mayer 2010). Which means content needs to be chunked into small bits, so the Learner can optimize the process of learning.

Faculty are not required to understand educational science in what they do. For example, they don’t need to know that there is a whole field of study on Multimedia Learning.  Richard Mayer, ie, the Daddy of Multimedia Learning suggests that Learners can only process a small amount of content at a time and the visual and audio representation of knowledge must be organized in a meaningful way (Mayer 2010). Which means content needs to be chunked into small bits, so the Learner can optimize the process of learning.

For instance, an instructor wants to video all of his or her lectures and put them up on the LMS without edit and without chunking it. Each video is one hour or 3 hours long depending on the lecture length. The Instructor has used the latest technology, like the Swivl, record the lecture. Just by  the technology of recording the Instructor believes that it will be somehow new.  Another type of technology is VoiceThread in which the instructor can upload a PowerPoint presentation and record audio over the slide. This is new technology for the instructor, but the instructor still reads the PowerPoint presentation word for word.

With the help of an instructional designer an instructor can recreate the one hour lecture, by creating chunks of learning that will better represent the ideas, concepts, and knowledge that the instructor wants to convey.  Can the lecture be chunked into 10 to 15-minute videos, which clearly suggest topic, scope, and practice? Is the instructor reading the PowerPoint word for word? Mayer’s Multimedia Learning suggest that reading word by word actually decreases a Learner’s ability to process and retain information, it takes away from the learners ability to process in both the audio and visual “channels” and requires the learner to have unlimited amounts of memory space (p33).  A better way, according to Mayer, is to appeal to both auditory/visual channels of the brain in order to process knowledge (p33). For instance, using an image and a verbal explanation of what that image is.

Instructional Designers do not have to teach the instructor Mayer’s Theory, but we can come up with ideas that embody Mayer’s principles. We can help the instructor to come up with different ways of presenting the material. Is there a video from a reputable site (that has been vetted) which will allow you to use that video in a course? Is there a way to visually represent the concept instead of describing it?

Other questions?

Are the PowerPoint presentations really handouts?

Are there graphics that can be used?

Are there notable experts in their field who have given a Ted Talk or other Talk? (Link: The 7 steps to delivering a mind-bowing Ted Talk  — About Ted Talk )

Will these ideas stop a faculty member from using 1 to 3-hour lectures for their online course? Most likely not, however, when students lose interest and drop their courses, they might have a change of heart.


Mayer, R. E. (2014). The Cambridge handbook of multimedia learning (Second Edition. ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Hobby: Buffy

On of my all time favorite shows was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy is still fresh today as it was when it came out in the 90s. I really love to help spread the word when I see cool inventive things, this was created by a fan. What great work!

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